Apple subsidiary FileMaker Inc., just announced they shipped over 1 million units of Bento, their personal database tool currently available for iPhone, iPad and Mac. Originally released in 2008, Bento is now available in seven languages with dedicated clients for iPhone and iPad ($4.99) that sync with Bento for Mac currently available on the Mac App Store for $49.99.
Vice President of Marketing and Services for FileMaker, Inc., Ryan Rosenberg said the following in a statement:
“Bento’s elegance has led to sales of more than a million units, meeting the needs of customers ranging from ranchers and mobile dentists to personal trainers and rock bands. With Bento on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac it’s easy to organize your contacts, track projects, plan events and manage just about anything.”
The full press release is available after the break.
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SANTA CLARA, Calif. – January 3, 2012 – FileMaker today announced it has shipped more than one million units of Bento, the top-selling personal database for Mac, iPhone and iPad.
Bento for Mac databases, available in seven languages, can be synchronized with Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad so you will always have details at hand when you’re away from your Mac. Bento for iPhone and Bento for iPad are sold separately on the iTunes App Store.
“Bento’s elegance has led to sales of more than a million units, meeting the needs of customers ranging from ranchers and mobile dentists to personal trainers and rock bands,” said Ryan Rosenberg, vice president of marketing and services for FileMaker, Inc. “With Bento on your iPad, iPhone, or Mac it’s easy to organize your contacts, track projects, plan events and manage just about anything.”
Popular acclaim for FileMaker Bento
Since its release in 2008, Bento has received rave reviews. Bloomberg Businessweek deemed Bento “a powerful organizing tool anyone can use.” Network World called it “…an awesome iPad app for road warriors … a clean and intuitive personal organization database app.” The Mac Observer praised Bento, noting “This whiz-bang application makes building databases drag-and-drop easy, includes a slew of sharp looking templates, and can even work with your iCal and Address Book data.”
And Bento users love it. Says Amy Holms, jewelry maker, “With Bento for iPad, I can now track everything in my business and home life. It’s truly a fantastic tool for me.” Jessica Fonseca, who turned to Bento to assist her when buying her first home, remarks that “[Bento] is simple to set up and you can do almost anything with it.” Daniel Donner, founder of Peidmont Avenue Clinic, says “Bento is just easy – my assistant and I were able to set it up without any help and I use it on almost daily basis.”
Templates make Bento useful in an instant
Bento comes with more than 30 free templates that help users do everything from organizing contacts and clients to tracking products and projects, managing orders and inventory, coordinating events and tasks, printing QR code labels and more. Bento lets users record voice memos on iPhone and iPad and sync to Bento for Mac to easily recall conversations and to-do items. FileMaker offers several Bento template kits to make organizing events and processes easier. These include the popular:
• Bento Project Manager
• Bento Student Survival Kit
• Bento Family Organizer Kit
• Bento Contact and Customer Manager
The Bento Template Exchange lets visitors browse and download more than 1,000 free templates and share their own. The templates are free to download and give people real-world examples of the many uses of FileMaker’s popular Bento personal database. More than one million templates — for business, home and hobby uses — have been downloaded.